The top of my tree: Lou Reed portrait by Marco Santaniello, Waiting for the Man ball ornament by Sameer Reddy (detail later on this post) and a Nico Christmas by Isabel Hernandez.
Dear Venii and Penii in furs,
Last Saturday was THE social event of the season: my annual tree-trimming party. To honour the passing of Lou Reed I chose the theme, "Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground."
Even though there was a heavy snowstorm, followed by an intense ice storm, raging that night, a large group of diehards tromped over to my apartment with ornaments to enjoy some of my special Belgronis™, bubbly and my signature canapes.
My legendary radis farcis au chèvre and my favorite Champagne.
I was absolute obsessed with this Velvet Underground tribute ornament made by Joy Szilagyi and Carlota Gurascier. Andy's name is stencilled exactly how it appears on the cover of the Velvet Underground & Nico album.
But even more miraculously was how she painted the other side to look exactly like Warhol's banana. And even though this is a real banana (I think!) it is much heavier and denser than an ordinary bananan and the skin feels like it's made from fine Italian leather. I want to know what she did to it!
Superstar Marco Santaniello and Supermodel Yuen C Jia. Marco had a fab show of his digital paintings up at Tazza Gallery recently. This is the first time I'd met Yuen but I recognized her from the catwalks of Malaysia Internationa Fashion Week which I attended in 2011.
Nancy Stout and Suzanne Batmanghelichi were awarded a special treat for being early arrivals: my famous Belgronis™!
Kao Wei Hao avec Champagne; Christopher Voigt and Helen Yun of Tiffany & Co. con Belgronis™...
Me and Nancy flanked by the world-famous Rosenberg Twins, Alan and Charles.
When the Rosenbergs arrived, I whipped out my copy of Amy Arbus' photography book which features this photo of the Twins from the early '80s.
Mohamad and his version of the V.U. banana.
Helen, Susan and my friend Marie whom I hadn't seen in 10 years. She entertained us with hilarious stories.
The legends of New York: Nancy Stout, Adrian Milton, Patrick Lehman and Brian Butterick aka Hattie Hathaway of Pyramid Club and Jackie 60 fame. There were no Emily Post readings but Hattie brought his signature downtown New York realness.
There were a few people I forgot to photograph (I was too busy serving prosecco!), like DJ Tennesse who brought some terrific Xmas song CDs that he compiled. Tennessee used to DJ at the Pyramid Club.
New York's most important dandy, Patrick McDonald arrived late--and it was worth the wait! I was feeling a bit boozy by this hour.
Yuen attempts to confiscate Sameer's controversial ornament.
The Rosenberg's draped a PUNQUE garland on my tree.
Hattie also donated a Warholian banana.
Jonny Steele impressively handmade this wooden syringe!
As an homage to Mo Tucker, Nancy brought this beautiful metal drum kit.
Because Diane Pernet could not be at my party (she's in Paris, but I will see her in Rome next month), I made this ornament out of a photo of her sitting in my kitchen when I gave a party for her in 2008. She is next to Suzanne's hot dog ornament (which was from last year's '70s NYC theme) and it's an inside joke why I paired it with Diane.
Suzanne made this Diet-Coke-can ornament because Lou Reed loved Diet Coke.
Helen brought this cute little piglet ornament. Think pink!
Christopher brought this lovely gilded piece with a monogrammed L for Lou.
Sameer's Waiting for the Man piece: the little bags of "heroin" are made from brown sugar and something else, I can't remember.
Me reflected in a big silvery ball.
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather. My friend Daki in Cairo sent this S&M Barbie!
It is now a yearly tradition for Mark to hang one of his empty prescription bottles on my tree.
This ornamanent didn't make it to my tree last year (for '70s NYC theme) so it's featured now: a homemade Saturday Night Fever ornamanent sent by Penny Saranteas.
Writer and enfant terrible Bruce Benderson was feeling under the weather and didn't make it to the party--but this ornamanent is coming soon to my tree: a handmade syringe homage to Syracuse. Bruce and Lou were both from there.
Artist Scott Neary, who was also down with a cold, made this Candy Darling Cane. It will arrive on my tree soon.
My cousin Kathy Garrigan was snowed-in in Conn. so she sent me a photo of her ingenious homage to Venus in Furs: a Venus de Milo salt shaker in a Barbie fur coat!
I love this little star and you can see the ghost of Sharon Tate hovering in the background.
The party got VERY wild later on...thanks to Mo's now-infamous dou-dou shots, a Lebanese speciality. Tequila and hot sauce garnished with an olive. We had more than a few of them. Here he is with Cecilia and Mac.
Aaron and Mo. I think they are doing the limbo?
Prithi and Mo.